May 2014 Blog Posts (29)

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After all, our problems were of our own making, bottles were only a symbol.  

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page 103

 

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When one tries to extend his power over objects, those objects gain…

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At times I go to meetings in a captious, critical mood that I am not even aware of. 

By an odd coincidence, everybody happens to irritate me.  This one talks too

much - that one hasn't enough tolerance for others -- another has said or done

something I consider unkind.  Could it be that my attitude is at fault?  Let me go

back to the fundamentals. What am I looking for?  Help and…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 30, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

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All men of faith have courage. They trust their God. We never apologize for

God.  Instead we let Him demonstrate, through us, what He can do.  We ask

Him to remove our fear and direct our attention to what He would have us

be. At once, we commence to outgrow fear.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 29, 2014 at 5:56am — No Comments

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At times our prospects look bleak. Whether what concerns us is a loved one's

health, a work problem, or conflict in a relationship, we may be convinced that

the future will bring only disappointment. What we've forgotten is that we've

already survived many of life's ups and downs. We've lived through some of our

worst times and now can use our experience to gain a new…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 28, 2014 at 6:21am — No Comments

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Our book is meant to be suggestive only. We realize we know only a

little. God will constantly disclose more to you and to us. Ask Him in

your morning mediation what you can do each day for the man who

is still sick. The answers will come, if your own house is in order. But

obviously you cannot transmit something you haven't got. See to it

that your…

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Above us floats a banner on which is inscribed the new 

symbol for A.A., a circle enclosing a triangle. The circle 

stands for the whole world of A.A., and the triangle stands 

for A.A.’s Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity, and Service. 

Within our wonderful new world, we have found freedom 

from our fatal obsession. That we have chose this particular 

symbol is perhaps no accident. The priests and seers…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 25, 2014 at 7:09am — No Comments

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Those of us who have spent much time in the world of spiritual make-believe have

eventually seen the childishness of it. This dream world has been replaced by a great

sense of purpose, accompanied by a growing consciousness of the power of God in our

lives. We have come to believe He would like us to keep our heads in the clouds with

Him, but that our feet ought to be firmly…

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Besides a seeming inability to accept much on faith, we often found

ourselves handicapped by obstinacy, sensitiveness, and unreasoning

prejudice. Many of us have been so touchy that even casual reference

to spiritual things make us bristle with antagonism. This sort of thinking

had to be abandoned. 

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, pages…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 23, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

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Self-righteous anger also can be very enjoyable. In a perverse way

we can actually take comfort from the fact that many people annoy

us, for it brings a comfortable feeling of superiority.

 

-- Twelve Steps And Twelve Traditions,…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 22, 2014 at 4:58am — No Comments

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We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and

practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded

persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of

stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves.

Instead, we looked at the human defects of these people, and sometimes

used…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 21, 2014 at 6:21am — No Comments

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We saw we needn't always be beaten into humility.  It could come quite

as much from our voluntary reaching for it as it could from unremitting

suffering.  A great turning point in our lives came when we sought for

humility as something we really wanted, rather than as something we

must have.  It marked the time when we could commence to see the…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 20, 2014 at 5:09am — No Comments

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Alcoholics sometimes have emergencies; 

Alcoholics Anonymous does not.

 

-- unknown



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We have turned from You and from each 

other to go our selfish ways. Forgive us; 

We are confused in our counsels.

 

-- Sacred…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 19, 2014 at 5:32am — No Comments

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(The Serenity Prayer)

It opens by asking God to grant us serenity to accept things we cannot change.

I have always thought that this was unusual because it seems to me that serenity

doesn't create acceptance. How it's always worked for me though is that serenity

comes after acceptance, but who am I to argue. More importantly, it's been my

experience that most of the…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 18, 2014 at 6:26am — No Comments

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What sort of thinking dominates an alcoholic who repeats 

time after time the desperate experiment of the first drink? 

Friends who have reasoned with him after a spree which 

has brought him to the point of divorce or bankruptcy are 

mystified when he walks directly into a saloon. 

Why does he? Of what is he thinking?



-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 16, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

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So it is that we first see humility as a necessity.  But this is the barest beginning. 

To get completely away from our aversion to the idea of being humble, to gain a

vision of humility as the avenue to true freedom of the human spirit, to be willing

to work for humility as something to be desired for itself, takes most of us a long,

long time.  A whole lifetime geared to…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 15, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

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These men had found something brand new in life. Though they

knew they must help other alcoholics if they would remain sober,

that motive became secondary. It was transcended by the happiness

they found in giving themselves for others.

 

--  Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 14, 2014 at 6:31am — No Comments

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If the sponsor's ideas sound strange or unclear, the newcomer had

better speak up and ask questions.  Theirs is supposed to be an easy,

open relationship, in which both parties talk freely and honestly with

each other.

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous,  Questions & Answers on…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 13, 2014 at 6:35am — No Comments

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As we go through the day we pause, when agitated 

or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. 

We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer 

running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many 

times each day "Thy will be done." We are then in 

much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, 

self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much 

more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 12, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments

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We had a new Employer. Being all powerful, He provided 

what we needed, if we kept close to Him and performed 

His work well. Established on such a footing we became 

less and less interested in ourselves, our little plans and 

designs. More and more we became interested in seeing 

what we could contribute to life.  

 

-- Alcoholics Anonymous, page…

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Added by mike Callahan on May 11, 2014 at 7:13am — No Comments

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Though it is traditional that our Fellowship may not coerce anyone,

let us not suppose even for an instant that we are not under

constraint. Indeed, we are under enormous coercion -- the kind that

comes in bottles. Our former tyrant, King Alcohol, always stands

ready again to clutch us to him.

 

"Therefore, freedom from alcohol is the great `must' that…

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